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The Rosetta Stone

The very words Rosetta Stone invoke thoughts of great mystery and even greater solutions.  This multi-lingual stele, with three scripts of the same passage, provided the insight necessary to translate the heiroglyphics of Egypt.  Some humor can be found in the current days of bailouts as the text announces major tax relief for the priests in the temples.  (That this should be the key to ancient wisdom).  And if you like conspiracies, this is the only copy of the decree that has been found - when you would expect that (if official) it would have been displayed at all the temples in the land.  If the key to ancient wisdom actually was a ruse, life is indeed grand.
Tax breaks for the priests - not alms for the poor.
The Rosetta Stone - "With Propitious Fortune"
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Ancient History Source Book - The Rosetta Stone: Translation of the Greek Section